Dear PoP – Requested update of former Horse’s Ass Award nominee – Old Alliance of Concerned Men (11th and Harvard St, NW)

“Dear PoP,

A while back I wrote to nominate the old Alliance of Concerned Men at 11th and Harvard St NW that burned down for the Horse’s Ass award. At the time it looked like there was some hope that it would be converted to an “old person’s home.” Apparently the city or some developer had taken over the building after the AOCM had abandoned it after the fire.

Well, since then nothing seems to have happened. There are permits on the door but I haven’t seen a soul do any work on the property and I live across the street so I see it daily. The windows are still boarded up but some of the boards are loose or have come off allowing entrance into the abandoned structure. You can see sunlight coming through the roof which means the inside must be a mess now that the weather has gotten to it. I’m afraid that now it’s possible to get inside through the unboarded windows, it will become a magnet for ilicit activity in the neighborhood.

I would love it if you could get an update on what’s going on and why the progress has ground to a halt and also who or what I need to do to get the person(s) responsible to secure the building.”

Ward One Council Member Jim Graham writes:

“2905 11th St., the former Men’s Alliance building, was issued construction permits on 4/8/11 for renovations. DCHA has considered several options. Let me now ask Director Todman for their latest plan.

I am always available to provide updates, but DCRA also makes this information available here.”

Hopefully Director Todman will share some good news soon. I’m afraid the original reader is right that the area could become a nuisance property in its current state. When I went to check on the property last weekend I saw a discarded briefcase, possibly dumped after a robbery, (I called the police and they took it) as well as a door that was unlocked, not to mention the broken windows.

Whatever priority this building once had, I’d say it’s high time it moved up the list.

Unlocked door on first floor

Discarded briefcase behind front stairwell

False promises…?

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  • i have often seen sketchy dudes hanging out in the front door way. its already a nuisance property

  • Just sell it off to a developer to turn it into market rate rental or condominium units and be done with it already.

  • Anyone know anything about 1334 Irving St. NW? It’s currently being developed into 2 apts. (according to the workers) but I can’t get any info from DCHA or Jim Graham’s office on who the apts. are intended for.

  • This building has so much potential to go either way…it’s incredibly skeevy right now and, especially with the madness in the surrounding blocks of Harvard (see last weeks armbed robbery and the shooting a block down a few months back) could easily become an incredibly serious blight. However, it’s also right on the edge of some positive developments on both E & W sides of 11th-bars, restaurants, shops and the soon to open pet supply store and P and could be a real bright spot if its dealt with soon and well. Fingers crossed.

  • I saw dumpsters in front and people gutting the insides a few months back, but no action since then. It’s been a blight for years, so sell it to developers and be done with it.

  • If they have construction permits, then usually they are near closing on the construction loan from the bank and getting started.

    You can get a separate demo permit, then the architect completes their plans, then you can get a construction permit. If it’s ARRA money, there are some other hoops as well, though

  • “Discarded” briefcase? More likely, stolen, then discarded after it was rifled through.

  • I guess those men, whoever they are, really aren’t too concerned.

  • Kind of hopeless to try to fix up as anything. Its south side is crumbling into the earth. I agree with Mr. T – let a developer build something that will improve the area; this block is on its way down without new building here. Much drug dealing around the corner at the Pepco substation disguised as a building.

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